Wednesday, June 18, 2008
House Ed & Labor Vote: 43 to 1 - Who Was the Nay?
The House Education & Labor Committee final vote on the negotiated ADA Restoration language was 43 to 1. Who was the 1 naysayer, you ask, and what did he have to say?
Rep. Tom Price, MD (GA-06) (biography)
Rep. Price, MD emphasized that he thought the bill was moving too quickly, and he was concerned that the people involved in negotiating the bill language did not have the necessary medical expertise to make judgements about who should be considered to be a person with a disability for purposes of the ADA. He suggested that we start the process over with a body of medical experts, who, in his view, have the best understanding of disability and workplace accommodations. His views were not shared by others on the Committee, and several members, including Representatives Andrews, McCarthy and Davis pointed out that people with disabilities have been waiting a long time for their civil rights to be restored.
If you're interested in telling Rep. Price what you think of his vote and his rationale, his contact information is available online.
Posted by AAPD at 5:04 PM